How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

Halo Master Chief Costume Shoulder Pads Continued

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The smaller part of the Halo Master Chief costume shoulder pad, which sits at the top of the pad should be made from the 1/4″ foam.  (I didn’t have any of that.  Two sheets of thinner craft foam glued together worked nicely for this and that is what I used.)

Using the small template shape on the page, follow the same steps, cut out, place the template on the foam, and trace around the shape.  Then, cut out the innermost shapes and draw around them.  Cut out the shapes next to those, draw around and continue until all the shapes are drawn.

Next, follow the lines using the heated knife blade.  (The small metal ruler was used as a guide where possible.)

 

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On the backside of the foam, draw two curved lines from the two intersecting angles at the top to the bottom of the piece, as shown in the picture.

Then, using the X-Acto knife, make two shallow cuts following the lines just drawn.  This will make it easier for the piece to bend and be shaped while using the heat gun.  Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Use the heat knife to burn off the two edges, which will be glued to the larger section of the shoulder pad.  Without touching the outer layer, use the heat knife to burn off some of the foam at an angle.   This will make it easier to glue the pieces together.

Before gluing the small piece to the shoulder pad, the topside and the sides were painted.  The underside was left gray.

You can see in the picture below where the small piece was attached to the shoulder pad.  You can also see the lines made by the heat knife.  I pulled the knife over the lines and the raised and recessed areas it created were interesting.  So, I left it that way.  

The silver paint was dry brushed over the edges of the shoulder pad and the edges of all the raised areas.  it really ended up looking like metal!  The acrylic craft paint worked great for this project.

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 The Back Of The Breastplate

As the other parts of this costume were being created, I mulled over how to finish the back of the breastplate.   The inspiration pin on Pinterest did not have a view of the back.  Getting down to the wire, I had to make a decision.  Using the pattern from the front piece, I made a paper pattern with a curved bottom piece.  Then, created an angled line, which would butt up to the edge of the breastplate in the back.  

The pattern was cut out and traced onto another piece of the EVA foam and cut out with an X-Acto knife.

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That looked pretty plain.  It needed some detail.  Repeating the trapezoid shape from the raised areas in the front, the shape was cut and removed.  

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The shape was then traced onto the back and black paint was applied to the areas around where the piece would be glued.  The new piece was painted the avocado green.  The black needed a bit of a second coat of paint and the green needed a second coat.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 The small trapezoid shape was also painted the avocado green.  After those pieces dried, the Loctite glue was used to attach the large piece to the back.  It was butted up to the straight piece across the back.  The lower sides were left loose to glue later.

Large books were used to hold the piece firmly, while the glue dried.  You want to keep the rounded shape of the shoulders and the side pieces.  While the glue was drying, I wrapped the piece around the edge of a table and set the books on top of it.  Sometimes a stack of books was placed on the piece to help support the foam.

Once, I had inadvertently pulled the shoulders out and lost the shape.  I tried to bend it back and I could tell it was putting too much strain on the piece.  The heat gun was used to soften up the top and underside of the shoulders and they went right back where they needed to be.

After the back was securely in place, glue was applied to one of the loose sides, matched to the coordinating end of the front design, and pressed in place.  This was held securely and then heavy books were set on it and the piece was allowed to dry.  The process was repeated for the other end.

Once the sides were done, the trapezoid shape was glued into the recess of the back.  Just like the other details on the front piece, the trapezoid shape was left slightly raised. 

The line where the two pieces butted together wasn’t particularly appealing.  A thin strip of foam cut to size and glued over top of it seemed to be the perfect solution.  Since some of the detail was gray or silver, I left that piece gray, too.  After the glue dried, silver paint was dry brushed on the entire piece.

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 The kids spent the night.  Halloween morning, I got up at 4:30 and began putting the adhesive strips of Velcro on all the pieces.  (I told you this is not a project to start two weeks before Halloween!)

 The 2″ Velcro was used on the big pieces.  The thinner strips of Velcro I had were used on the shoulder pads.  I wish we had used the 2″ strips on those, too.  Do yourself a favor and buy the big pack of the 2″ Velcro and use it lavishly.

In the afternoon, someone at school pulled one of the shoulder pads off and the adhesive on the thinner strip did not stick well enough to reattach.  I think 2 of the 2″ wide strips would have kept it from being pulled off his shirt.  This was an easy fix when he got home.

Looking back, I would have also used extra strips of the 2″ wide on the thigh pieces.  That area gets more stress from walking and sitting than any other area.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

All in all, the costume held together pretty well.  I prayed all day that it would hold together and Aidan would have a good day.   

Aidan reported that his character was recognized by many people and a couple of them were in disbelief that someone had made it!

Maybe this will inspire you to tackle a Master Chief costume for your special young man.

Supplies Used For This Project Included:

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2 – packs of Best Step flooring found at Walmart for $13.44 each were used.

1 – 12″ x 18″ piece of gray craft foam found at Michael’s for 99¢.

Industrial Strength 2″ wide Velcro  (This box was not enough to adequately do this project.  1″ wide Velcro was used for the shoulder pads and the shoes and the 2″ wide would have done a better job.  In retrospect, I wish I had bought the large $18.00 package at Walmart.)

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2 bottles of acrylic ‘Avocado’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Black’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Silver’ craft paint

1 bottle of Loctite Go2 Glue

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We found the Master Chief helmet at a Halloween store for $39.95.  A 25% off coupon found in a local ad was used, making the helmet $30.00.

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How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 1

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 1

Master Chief Costume

Oh, my goodness!  Through this process, I can’t tell you how many times I have thought that perhaps I had bitten off more than I could chew!  After researching different sites on how to make this costume, the one thing I knew was it needed to be made from EVA foam.   What is EVA foam?  Ethylene-vinyl acetate and it just so happens anti-fatigue floor mats are made from this.

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Walmart had packages of four anti-fatigue floor mats.  This is what they look like.  One side has texture.  One does not.

Looking for patterns for the Master Chief costume, I checked out several websites.  Most were talking about Pepakura and how you could get the patterns on different sites.  Well, I printed off a pattern for the chest plate.  Too many pieces!  Oh, my gosh!  It hurt my brain! 

I asked ten-year-old Aidan to draw a picture of what he wanted and this is the picture.

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With this in mind, I found a picture of Master Chief, which Aidan had pinned on his Pinterest board, printed it off, and drew a freehand pattern from it.  That was so much easier!  

When Aidan came over, I tweaked the paper pattern for the chest plate detail, adding some length to the part that fits over the shoulders.  Then, the pattern was traced onto the mat.

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Watching some YouTube videos on how to cut this foam, I found those who say to use a heat knife, those who say to use an X-Acto knife, and those who suggest scissors.  

Using an old woodburning tool we have, fitted with a knife blade, I tried this method.  Maybe this one is not hot enough.  The results were less than spectacular.

There was not an arrow on this picture of Master Chief.  I saw this on another picture and took the liberty of adding it for more interest.

The X-Acto knife worked better but the edges seemed a little bit mangled.  The scissors seemed to work the best.  Any area where it was possible, I used the scissors.  In the corners and for the little cutouts, an X-Acto knife was used.  Scissors were also used to trim up the edges as much as possible.How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

The arrow needed to be raised.  It might seem counterintuitive, but first, it needs to be cut out and removed.  How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

The glue bought for this project is LocTite All Purpose Go 2 Glue.  This is a newer glue in the LocTite line.  Reading the package, it seemed to be exactly what was needed for this project.  (We are an Amazon Affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

A thin line of glue was applied to the lower half of all the edges of the piece, which was removed.  The piece was then reinserted in the opening and left partially extending above the surface.  This glue gives you a little more drying time than super glue.

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The other two pieces of detail were cut out, removed, and glued back in place, extending above the surface, too.  After the glue was dry, the heat knife was used to draw the lines.  A small metal ruler was used as a guide for the blade.  This needs to be done slow and steady so you don’t accidentally slip onto the plate and mar the surface of the chest plate detail!How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

At this point, I showed this to Aidan and checked to see if it fit properly.   Let’s just say he was not very impressed.  

Undaunted, I plodded on, and using the foam cutout as a guide, made a paper pattern for the breastplate.  This was adjusted and fitted to Aidan, too.  Then, that pattern was used to cut out a piece from the foam.  Actually, this piece had to be cut from 2 pieces of the foam.   I made sure that the front piece went over the shoulder and there wouldn’t be stress on a seam there.  We used the textured side of the mat for this piece. 

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You can see in the picture where the seam was glued together.  Masking tape was used along the inside seam to hold the two pieces together while the glue dried.  A large heavy book was placed over the seam to hold it in place, too.

After the seam was glued securely and dried, the heat gun was used to shape and mold the edges to contour around the torso.  This post on 405th.com explains how to shape the foam and it works quite well.

Just look at that!  You can see how flat the left edge is and how the right edge now curves to fit a body!  Aidan tried it on again at this point and still was not impressed.

Most of the posts out there for this costume say to use spray paint.  That means masking off areas, taking this outside, spraying, turning, spraying again.  Well, no thanks.  The time constraint I have right now made me consider alternatives.  

On a scrap piece of foam, I painted a patch of bright blue acrylic craft paint.  It was allowed to dry.  I bent it.  The heat gun was used on it.  No problems!  Why not use inexpensive acrylic craft paint?

We bought a Master Chief helmet before we began this project.  I matched a marker to the color of the helmet, took it to the craft store and found a pretty perfect match, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Light Avocado. (We are an Amazon Affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

Two bottles of the Light Avocado were bought.  A bottle of craft smart Medium Metallic Acrylic Paint in Silver was also purchased at the same time.  You will notice that the helmet has silver brushed on it in places.  

Some more detail was cut out of regular craft foam.  I found a 12″ x 18″ piece of gray foam at Michael’s for 99 cents.

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Personally, I like the gray behind the green but Aidan wants that part black.  Using acrylic craft paint again, the chest plate was painted black.

Then, the LocTite glue was applied to the back of the green chest plate detail, up to the shoulders and leaving the curved edge around the waist sides loose.  It was positioned on top of the black painted piece, placed face down, and books were placed on top of it to keep it compressed together while the glue dried. 

The curved green waist sides were then glued, one at a time and heavy books were placed on them in the same way and the glue allowed to dry.  Both shoulders were glued in the same way.

A pattern was drawn for the waist belt, too, using the Master Chief picture as a guide.  Since the middle ‘cup’ part was raised in the picture, a separate piece of the thick foam was cut.  So the tip would bend back more easily, it was scored on the back side with the heated knife about 1″ above the tip.

Then, the heat gun was used to make that part bend back like the one in the picture from Aidan’s Pinterest board.  Details were drawn on the belt with a pen and then the heat knife was used to make those more apparent.

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This is the front.  The back pattern was made following the same pattern only drawing less of a curve at the bottom.  The plan is to add Velcro on the sides to finish the belt.  

I sent a picture of the costume at this point to Aidan’s dad to show him.  He messaged me back that Aidan said it is COOL!

He has begun to see the possibilities!

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Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume –

For Girls With Attitude – Part 2

Sophia came by and tried on the cat costume dress before we added the ‘Cat Costume Details’.  It was a perfect fit, fortunately.  We did take her measurements and matched them to a size 10 and that’s what we made.

She pranced all around the house in it.  Clearly, she likes it.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2  on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

While she was wearing it, we pinned on the boa ‘tail’.  We were thinking of adding the boa to the hemline, too.  That was too much and distracted from the tail.  We ended up deciding to sew the boa around the neckline only.  The boa placed right on the hem of the neckline, I felt, was a little too close to her face.  We decided to sew it 5/8″ from the edge of the neckline.  It was a minor adjustment but we felt it was warranted.

I bought two of these boas and because we decided against using it for the hemline, the second wasn’t necessary.  Sometimes you just need to recognize when too much is too much and let it go.  This was one of those cases.

Cat Costume Details

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The Tail

The Boa is so light that no reinforcement had to be added to the dress.  I simply hand stitched the boa  through the fabric and through the seam allowance in the middle of the back of the dress.  A few stitches through the added bulk of the seam allowance was enough to secure and support the lightweight boa.

Then, Sophia told me how she wanted the ears.  She did not want them on a headband.  She wanted them on hair clips.  She remembered Emily’s fox costume from last year and wanted them to look similar to hers.

I showed her the fabric and tried to fashion an ear shape and explained I had planned to use black panne velour for the inside of the ear.  She wanted some wispy fur, too.  (This child has a creative mind!)

Grabbing a piece of the boa, I placed it on the leopard print ear shape around the outer edge.  She said, “Yes!”

I am not sure how to affix it to where it should go!  Lol!  Working on this…

How To Make Cat Ears

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First of all, you need to cut two ear shapes from each, the leopard print fabric, the lining fabric, and the fusible fabric interfacing.  ‘I added the Pellon, or fabric interfacing, thinking it would stiffen the ears a little and keep them more upright.

 

 

 

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Stack the ear shape print fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the black facing fabric, right sides together.

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Stitch 1/4″ from the outer edges, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.

 

 

 

Turn the ear shape right side out now.  Stitch the opening closed along the bottom edge with a needle and thread.  When I stitched the bottom edge, I took a little pleat in the middle of the black lining fabric and pinned it before sewing the edge.  It helped the panther fabric roll around the edge better.  I did not iron this.  It wasn’t necessary.

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You will also need to attach the ears to some type of hair clips or a headband.  Sophia did not want a headband.  Yes, I think it would have been easier to do that! 

I bought these hair clips and attached one to the ear.  It just was not working the way I had envisioned.  If I had made the ears smaller, it probably would have worked better.  Plan B is necessary.

What is plan B?  Why, asking my daughter, Tiffany, the hair stylist, of course!  She is sure to have an idea of what will work the best!

Update:  We asked Tiffany and she suggested we make three loops. using thread, along the bottom of the ear where hairpins could be attached.  That is what we did.  Each loop was made of multiple threads large enough for the plastic coated ends to slip through easily.  She said she could tease her hair up a little to help support them if necessary.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 Arm Gauntlets

The arm gauntlets, on the other hand, were too small.  The size 10 was too tight to even get over her hand!  They were too tight for me but I thought her hands were smaller.  Well, they are not.  Our hands are almost the same size!  This child is not going to be height impaired like her Grammy!Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The reason for this is simple.  The fabric we purchased was a knit but it did not have as much stretch as some knits.  If we had used a panne velour, it would not have been a problem.  If you’re making these, keep that in mind.  Use a knit with plenty of stretch.  I ended up making the size 14 pattern for these and only taking a 1/4″ seam in those.

Finishing up the ears, buying some black tights, boots, and shopping for the cat eye sunglasses will be the next step.  I’ve got to show Sophia these glasses from Amazon, which look perfect!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if you purchase through this link.  Thank you for supporting this website.)Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Update:  The glasses are in and they are purr-fect!  They even came with a little fabric bag!

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We are well ahead of schedule for Sophia’s Halloween costume but Aidan’s outfit is going to be much more involved, Master Chief (Halo)…  That is a challenge!

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DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume For Girls!  This is going to make an adorable, fashion-forward costume for Sophia, my granddaughter!  A picture from an ad for Target in an old magazine inspired Sophia’s costume this year.  We both started brainstorming as soon as I showed it to her.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Cat Costume Plan

Yes, she wants bracelets and we have plans to make some to match!  I think the little plain black choker necklace we made earlier will be perfect to go with this outfit!

Tiffany, who is a hair stylist, and Sophia will figure out the hairstyle and do her nails in perfect feline fashion for Halloween night!

 At first, she said she wanted to be a black panther but a golden leopard print would definitely enhance her coloring.  From my fabric stash, I retrieved some leopard print fabric leftover from an evening dress I made for Sophia’s mother when she was in high school!  As soon as she saw it, she grabbed it and started feeling the soft fabric and the black panther idea was history.  (She is a sucker for soft fabrics!)DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A trip to the fabric stores left me a little disappointed.  I couldn’t find the same fabric, which looked richer and had more of a nap to it, but I did find a leopard print.  There was very little left on the bolt and I grabbed it while I could.  You can see a difference in the picture below.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comDIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

McCall’s pattern M7492 seemed to be a perfect pattern for this little costume.  Sophia really liked the arm gauntlet and wants the sleeveless dress.

The dress is going to be made from the newly purchased fabric but the ears will be made from the fabric scrap we already had.  It’s a little more plush and Sophia wants to use it.  What do you think?  Black velvet for the inside of the ears?

We also bought a couple of boas for the tail and maybe we will sew some around the neckline and along the hemline. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.) 

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At first I had planned to buy black boas but Sophia and I spotted these with brown coloring online and thought they would be perfect and yes they are!

 

Only 3 pattern pieces are needed for the little dress and 1 pattern piece for the arm gauntlet.  It took no time to lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern.  There are no facings.  The arm hole and neckline edges are folded back and stitched.  How easy is that?   

It would be easy to substitute a different simple A-line dress pattern to create a similar look.

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This little dress went together quickly in one afternoon!  The pattern calls for a knit fabric, and with that extra stretch,making the narrow hem was easy on the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt.  The arm gauntlets were really easy to make, too.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Now, I’m waiting for Sophia to drop by, try on the dress to make sure it fits, and decide whether to add the boa around the neckline and around the hem. DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude update coming Monday…

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‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

April 28,2017

  ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY?  Yes, this is backstage at the Aveda Catwalk for Water Cincinnati event.  Ashley looked stunning in her umbrella skirt.  To her right are Sydney and my daughter, Tiffany, who both put this entire costume together, (with a little help from yours truly.)  Emily, my son’s fiance, won the “best makeup” award along with her partner David from the salon, also.  There’s a lot of creative talent at Mi Salon Spa.  The photo above was shot by Idajean Moore.  She and her husband Mike are co-owners of Mi Salon Spa.

Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt – Not Your Ordinary Challenge

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    The first step is removing the stretchers and the handle.  Yes, take a perfectly good umbrella and cut the handle out of it!  Open the umbrella completely and place upside down on your work surface.
   Using wire cutters, cut the stretchers, (the metal parts that stretch the umbrella open), close to the runner, (the part you push up the tube to open the umbrella), which will release the tension.  The umbrella will begin to collapse at this point.
 
   Cut the other end of the stretchers where they attach to the ribs.  By doing this, you should be removing each of the stretchers.   To release those, the first cut was close to the ribs.  Then, a second cut was made as close as possible to the part holding the stretcher on the rib.
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   With the wire cutters, cut the ribs close to the tube at the top.    Cutting close to the tube, try to cut a uniform circle around the canopy at the top of the umbrella, which will release the tube and handle. You should end up with a collapsed umbrella that looks like the picture below.  I wasn’t sure how much of the ribs I needed to use, so I left them long at first.
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   Pull the canopy up taut along each metal rib and secure with needle and thread just above where the stretcher was cut.  (This helps hold the lower part of the umbrella open.)
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    After all the ribs have been stitched to the canopy, set the umbrella aside and begin the waistband.
 
   I had a scrap of black satin left over from another sewing project and that is what I chose to use for this waistband.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Wanting the waistband to be two inches wide, I added 5/8″ at the top and 5/8″ at the bottom for seam allowance.  The piece of fabric was laid out and cut straight along the bottom cleaning up the edge.  Then,  with chalk, a 5 – 1/2″  line was marked along the folded fabric and then following the line cut with scissors.
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   Using the waist measurement I had taken earlier, 32 – 1/4″, I added 2-1/2″ to create a tab in the back, and 5/8″ seam allowance for each end of the waistband.   The resulting 5 – 1/2″ wide piece of fabric was cut to a 36″ length.
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Mark the middle front on the Pellon interfacing.  Remember to deduct the 2″ tab.  Just fold the entire length in half minus the tab measure.  You will need this when you pin to the umbrella.
 
Fold the waistband in half lengthwise.  Mark one end for a tab, which will lap under in the back.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Trim the interfacing along the tab edges to decrease bulk and get a sharper edge when turned right side out.
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    Turn right sides out and iron the waistband flat.  Take care to turn out the corners neatly.  Turn under one long edge 5/8″ and press with an iron.  
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     Open up one seam at the top of the umbrella canopy, by removing the stitches down to the top of one of the metal ribs where it was stitched to the canopy.   (I opened up the seam right above the velcro tab that holds the umbrella tight when not in use.  Then, it would be in the back, too.)  That seam will be in the back.  I didn’t add a zipper.  The back was covered by the black trash bag train.
 
 
    At this point, I just guessed about where the waistband would fit, chose an arbitrary measurement, and marked the top of the umbrella with straight pins all the way around.  Right sides together, the ends were pinned lining up to the openings and the center, which was marked earlier and that marking was centered on the middle rib.  Then, the waistband was pinned to the umbrella, right sides together.  
 
   The waistband was a little too long.  I moved the pins down another inch.  Perfect.  This time, more pins were used and every seam was opened up down to the top edge of the waistband.
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   Measure from where the umbrella was cut at the top, making sure the line is pretty straight and equidistant from the top.  Line up the ends of the waistband, leaving the tab extending from one edge of the back.  (I made this one left over right.)   Line up the mark for the middle front and position it at the rib opposite the one lined up for the back opening.
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   As you can see in the picture above, the seams were opened a little at the top to allow the waistband to be pinned and lay flat.  Leaving the top intact made it easier to be sure it was being pinned uniformly.  (As you can tell, I was cautious not to cut something off before I knew it was not needed!)
 
 
    First, baste the waistband onto the umbrella, making any adjustments if necessary.  Then, stitch the seam.  
 
   At this point, I decided to cut the ribs to fit right up against the bottom edge of the waistband.  Stretch one of the ribs out straight and up to the bottom edge of the waistband, cut the rib off.  Measure the length of that rib.  Then, measuring the same length from the bottom end of the rib, cut all of the ribs the same length.  (Be sure to measure from the bottom!  When the ribs were cut detaching the canopy from the tube of the umbrella, they were probably not all the same length!)
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   Wrap the ends of the ribs with black electrical tape.  After I cut the ribs, I noticed there were little metal shavings that were irritating my fingertips.  Not wanting Ashley to experience this annoyance as she was putting the skirt on, and, or wearing it, I put the black electrical tape to good use. 
Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   After cutting the ribs and taping them, the folded edge of the waistband was pinned in place and hand sewn.  Then, the ends of the ribs were tacked securely to the canopy seam at the top of the skirt.   Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Two pieces of Velcro hook and loop were cut slightly smaller than the 2″ width of the waistband.  The hook sides were sewn to the end of the tab, which would be facing away from the wearer and the loop side was sewn onto the end of the waistband, which would be facing toward the person wearing it.
 
   The rib on the back seam was wrapped with the pressed edge of that seam and overhand stitched to the canopy fabric, securing the rib.
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   At this point, the umbrella skirt should look like this!  Note that the Velcro loop is on the back side of the skirt.
 
   Now, to create the look of an opened umbrella, we need that 20″ hula hoop purchased from The Dollar Tree that was painted black in “Looking for a ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? part- 1!
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   With needle and thread, attach the hula hoop to each of the ribs on the skirt where it will best open and stretch the ‘umbrella’ out to appear ‘open’.
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   Tiffany and Sydney made this train for the costume from trash bags!  Don’t the trash bag roses look neat?  They used a variety of black bags in different shades of black.  In the end, it was bustled at the top and attached to the waistband of the umbrella skirt in the back.
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   Thanks to Idajean for sharing her photos!  This picture shows off the ‘Pow’, which Tiffany made from felt and attached to the other umbrella she ordered from Amazon.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
      As you may be able to tell, I was flying by the seat of my pants on this one, but in addition to all the extra work done by the girls, it turned out beautiful, don’t you think?  Hope this inspires you, too!
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